The The Calgary Flame signed a seven-year contract with center Nazem Kadri, bringing the biggest name left in the free agency market.
As soon as the news came out, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman confirmed that the 7-year pact brings in $7 million AAV.
Kadri, 31, is an unrestricted free agent after ending a six-year contract with a $4.5 million cap. He originally signed that deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who drafted him seventh overall in 2009, but he’s already tackled the Colorado Avalanche section through it alongside Calle Rosen and a pick third round for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot and sixth -about to pick around.
Kadri is about to have a career year from 2021 to 22, with 28 goals, 59 assists and 87 points in 71 games, the first time he has scored at a rate of more than 1 point per game in a season. He continued that play into the knockout stages, with seven goals, eight assists and 15 points in 16 games for Avalanche en route to the Stanley Cup.
It has been a strong year on both ends of the ice for Kadri, as he played well defensively for Avalanche, even as he was promoted to the top central defender role when Nathan MacKinnon was injured throughout the season. . He ended the year with 58.01% shot effort rate and 54.91% expected scoring rate in even power, numbers that will carry over into Darryl Sutter’s system in Calgary.
The Fire has had a busy and tumultuous time of an imaginable festive season. Usually, a team can walk out of a summer where two of their best players left through free agency and/or trade and still look like a strong team, but Calgary has done it. there. Flames took a seemingly inevitable situation with Matthew Tkachuk’s trade request and turned it into Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar, along with a first-round pick and a lead. They lost the consensus of UFA No. 1 in Johnny Gaudreau but are said to be UFA No. 2 on the market in Kadri.
They also may not be implemented, as reports say they find a way to move center Sean Monahan to help create space for this signing.